First adult change tables

The facility to be opposite the BHP Billiton Water Park and close to Esplanade train station will be followed by a $2 million network of changing places across metro and regional WA, funded by the State Government.

Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said the investment would provide more opportunities for people with a disability to participate in the community.

�There are more than 120,000 people with severe or profound disability in WA, many of whom rely on specialist bathroom equipment usually only available in their homes, so their access to the community is limited,� Mrs Morton said.

�This project will build public facilities in key locations that will meet people�s needs including an adult-sized change table and a ceiling hoist to lift a person, as well as room for two carers.�

Ability Centre service user Matt Cook said new infrastructure would help reduce the indignation of not having the appropriate amenities.

�Right now there is a struggle to even fit into a supposedly disabled toilet, let alone close the door, making it very difficult to get some privacy,� Mr Cook said.

A facility has also been incorporated into the design for the new Perth Stadium and Yagan Square at Perth City Link with others being considered for the Waterbank precinct near the Causeway as part of the Riverside project, and the new museum.

Changing Places will be built through a partnership between the Disability Services Commission, WA Local Government Association and National Disability Services WA.